Grateful Dead Hour no. 1402

August 2nd, 2015

Week of August 3, 2015

Part 1 38:55
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
TRUCKIN’->
MORNING DEW->
THROWING STONES->
NOT FADE AWAY

Part 2 16:46
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
US BLUES
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 15 (4/22/78)
LAZY LIGHTNIN’->
SUPPLICATION

Looks like Dave’s Picks vol 15 is already sold out! You might consider an annual subscription! Visit dead.net for more info.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Referred to as “The Jamband Velvet Underground” by Relix Magazine, improvisational rock group Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, guitarist Jimmy Herring, drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Matt Slocum perform a melting-pot of psychedelic jazz, rock, trance, and blues at The Cap on August 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1401

July 26th, 2015

Week of July 27, 2015

Part 1 30:05
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, et al. 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER
MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

Part 2 25:40
Introduction
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
DRUMS->
SPACE

The three Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago (July 3, 4, and 5, 2015) will be released in various audio and video formats in November. More info here.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. H.O.R.D.E. Tour trailblazers Aquarium Rescue Unit play The Cap on August 15. Col. Bruce Hampton, Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring, drummer Jeff Sipe, The Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Matt Slocum. A unique live music experience awaits fans. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead to the World 7/22/15

July 22nd, 2015

China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Built to Last
Samson and Delilah
Mountains of the Moon
Throwing Stones
– Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Chimenti and Trey Anastasio 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago

The three Chicago “Fare Thee Well” shows will be released in November on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.

Broken Wings Heal
Mysterious Wonder
Razor Wire
Cry Wolf
Hello Cruel World
Everything Can Change
Day By Day
Caroline Aiken w/ Edo Castro (bass) live in the KPFA performance studio

Grateful Dead Hour no 1400

July 19th, 2015

Week of July 20, 2015

Part 1 26:47
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
HELP ON THE WAY->
SLIPKNOT!->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER->
MAN SMART (WOMAN SMARTER)

Part 2 28:36
Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks vol 13 (5/6/81)
LOST SAILOR->
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart et al 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago IL
THROWING STONES

The three “Fare Thee Well” shows at Soldier Field will be released in a variety of audio and visual formats in the fall. Here’s a link for more info.

Most of the 36 Dick’s Picks releases have been reissued by Real Gone Music! Here’s a link to all of those.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.​ Iconic improv-rock pioneers Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, guitarist Jimmy Herring, drummer Jeff Sipe, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Matt Slocum play The Cap on August 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead to the World 7/15/15

July 15th, 2015

Lazy Lightnin->
Supplication
– Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 15

Interview with Jeff Pehrson
If Dreams
No One Thinks I’m Crazy Any More
Red-Winged Blackbird
Box Set Duo Trio, One Night Live

Interview with Rabbit Quinn
Lost Children
October Girl
– Rabbit Quinn, Lost Children

Interview and in-studio performance by Teja Gerken
11:11 pm
Shebeg Shemore
Planxty Bongwater

Truckin’->
Cassidy
Fare Thee Well 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago

Bright As You CanMike and Ruthy Band, Bright As You Can

“Be Like Earl”: updated and re-recorded!

July 14th, 2015

I took “Be Like Earl” on the road and changed it enough that I decided to re-record it. Here’s a link to the new version.

I have spent $425 on the two recordings. The BandCamp track is free to listen to, with a “pay what you want” (including $0) option for downloading. So if you can kick in a few bucks to help me recoup the costs, I’d appreciate it – and all those funds will be reinvested in new recordings.

Be Like Earl
by David Gans

Earl Crabb was a brilliant man
A gentle man, and generous
His Rolodex was heavy
And his attic was voluminous
He had a million tales to tell
And every one was true
I’m a better man for knowing him
And a better friend to you

Earl Crabb was an easy man
A laughing man, and sociable
To stand before his camera
Was to be well viewed and notable
He had a million friends, you know
And every one was real
A friend of Earl’s is a friend of mine
That’s just the way I feel

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm
And practice random kindness all the time
Treat our customers like neighbors
Not the other way around
A little more “Share this planet”
And a little less “Stand your ground.”
This world will be a better place
For every boy and girl
If we all do our best to be like Earl

Earl Crabb was a software man
When very few were doin’ it
He made the world a better place
Enhancing and improvin’ it
Call him esoft, call him Earl,
He was The Great Humbead
No one here was ready
On the day he took his leave

Earl Crabb was a helpful man,
Resourceful and encouraging
He led me to improve my life
With optimistic urging
I know I’m not the only one
Who benefited thus
So I’m making it my mission
To pass on his gifts to us

Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm
And practice random kindness all the time
Treat our customers like neighbors
Not the other way around
A little more “Share this planet”
And a little less “Stand your ground.”
This world will be a better place
For every boy and girl
If we all do our best to be like Earl
I will do my very best to be as kind as Earl

©2015 Whispering Hallelujah (BMI). All rights reserved.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1399

July 12th, 2015

Week of July 13, 2015

Part 1 25:23
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
MY BROTHER ESAU
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES
LET IT GROW

Part 2 29:28
Jerry Garcia Band, On Broadway: Act 1
GOMORRAH->
TANGLED UP IN BLUE

Watkins Family Hour
BROKEDOWN PALACE
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
ATTICS OF MY LIFE

Couple of sweet new acoustic Dead covers. Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Just off the win of his fourth Grammy Award for his new album “Mandatory Fun,” “Weird Al” Yankovic’s hilarious Mandatory World Tour comes to The Cap on July 30. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

DG live at Holleb Acres 7/2/15

July 11th, 2015

My second visit to Holleb Acres in Racine, Wisconsin, performing for a great group of Hollebs and their friends!

Here’s a link to the soundboard recording, posted by my friend Connor Holleb, who brought me into his family circle.

Dawn’s Early Light->
Thunder Road
Deal
Pancho and Lefty
Ripple->
Ship of Fools->
In another World
Be Like Earl
High Guy
Cassidy’s Cat
~
jam->
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Save Us from the Saved->
Terrapin->
Attics of My Life
Life Is a Jam->
Norwegian Wood
Looks Like Rain
Waltzing Across Texas
River and Drown
Loser
Lazy River Road
Down to Eugene
Brokedown Palace
~
Stagger Lee

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1397

June 29th, 2015

Week of June 29, 2015

Part 1 25:47
Robert Hunter, Sentinel
AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE

Part 2 29:46
Grateful Dead, Live Dead
DARK STAR (Studio version)
Grateful Dead, Live Dead
DARK STAR

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing On Broadway: Act One, the first installment in a new archival series celebrating the Jerry’s magical 13-night run on Broadway. On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987 presents three previously unreleased complete sets – matinee and evening acoustic sets from the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band plus the evening electric set from the Jerry Garcia Band. On Broadway: Act One is currently available on jerrygarcia.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.​ Former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady perform blues-rock as Electric Hot Tuna on July 18 with legendary country-rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage. On Saturday, July 25, music lovers can enjoy colorful classic rock with Deep Purple. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Gans gig update + new song, new book!

June 24th, 2015

HAPPY SUMMER, everybody!!

I am about to leave for a tour that will make me to Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. All that and more below, but I have two other items to address first.

NEW SONG: The world lost an amazing human being when Earl Crabb passed away a few weeks ago. There was a tribute at the Freight and Salvage on May 31 that I had to miss because of a previously-scheduled vacation. Earl was very much on my mind on the morning of June 1; I was snorkeling when this song started coming, so I gout of the water and went to work. And when I got home, I went to Megasonic in Piedmont and recorded “Be Like Earl.” I hope you like it! (listen here)

NEW BOOK: Blair Jackson and I have finished our book and now we’re gearing up for the big publicity push when it’s published on November 10. It’s called This Is All a Dream We Dreamed An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, and it’s being published by Flatiron Books. You can see the cover and read three great blurbs here, and/or you can go direct to the Amazon pre-order link.

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Here is the current schedule. More info here; more gigs will be posted there as they are confirmed.

Friday and Saturday, June 26-27: Terrapin Hill Family Reunion, Harrodsburg KY

Saturday, June 27: Cincy Folk Festival, Newport KY. Benefit for WNKU (Grateful Dead Hour affiliate)

Sunday, June 28, 6pm: The Vault @ 1001 Food & Drink, 1001 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis. All Good Things (members of Hyryder), DG, and Howard. Free show! Followed by a viewing of the Fare Thee Well show!

Tuesday, June 30, 6:30pm: Bunker Mill Bridge, 1298 Poplar Blvd, Kalona IA. Benefit for bridge restoration and preservation. $10 suggested donation. More info: http://bridgehunter.com/ia/washington/337570/

Wednesday, July 1, 8pm: George’s Tavern, 1201 N. Main Street, Racine WI. $5 advance, $7 at the door.

Thursday, July 2: Private event

Friday, July 3, noon-1pm: Stage 37, 108 N State St, Chicago

Friday, July 3, 11:30pm: Grateful Ball (Dead50 after party) at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL. DG, Old Shoe, Way Down Wanderers

Saturday, July 4, 2pm: “Putting the Band Back Together – Dead Style” with Uncle John’s Band at the Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. DG will play between sets and sit in with UJB

Thursday, July 30: The Sticky Greens w/ DG at Strange Brew Pub, Norwich CT
August 1-3: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT
August 6-10: A Bear’s Picnic, Roaring Branch PA

Saturday, October 10, 8:00pm: The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO (St Louis)
October 16-18: Phases of the Moon Festival, Ozark AR

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My performance schedule is posted at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html – new gigs are being added all the time.

As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! Read about house concerts here.

And remember: word of mouth is a gigantic part of musicians’ promotion and publicity these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about my gigs and recordings.

My recordings are available here.

Great thanks to Jim Dunlop for providing me with first-rate strings for all my guitars!

Thanks also to Rick Turner for creating the amazing guitar I play on tour, the Renaissance RS-6.